Letters to the Editor, Sept. 17
Regarding the opt-out of Obama's speech
To the Editor:
What message is this sending the students about the President? Parents that do not agree with the President addressing their kids on the importance of education - what does that say? There was not much of a deal made when the former President Bush and Laura visited the schools and read to the kids to show the importance of reading. Is this really what this is about?
In my whole life I have never seen such disrespect to the President of the United States. We all have different views. Like some people do not think that school should be let out because of a horse show, but I presume people with authority can do what they want to - unless they are President Obama.
The statement concerning bell to bell instruction and not wasting a single minute of instructional time stated by Mr. Gray, did this instructional time happen to include allowing the kids to vote at school (as in an election) having a poll to view the number of votes cast or was that just to see who their parents were voting for? I really do not care if they watch it or not but what message is this sending to our young people that the President of the United States and his message is not important enough to watch? What it is saying is "Look over him ... he is not important ... in our minds he does not exist."
What is reflected in the home will come out in the community. What is said and done in the home teaches a child who they should accept and reject in life. I do not accuse you, I only ask you to do as the Bible says: "judge yourself (see where you are)". Forgive me if I bring church and state together. Some believe it should not be separated, some believe it should be seperated and some bring it together when it is beneficial to them.
It is not important whether or not the speech is heard, but it is important what is in a person's heart as to why they do not want the speech heard. This part really got me "You never know what's going to be said." Have we, as Mr. Robert Gibbs mentioned, hit a "silly season" when the President of the United States can't tell kids in school to study hard and stay in school? Where were these people when President Bush said that there were nuclear weapons and called a war and now 5,000 people lost their lives because of something that was not.
The statement made by conservatice critics saying President Obama is trying to promote a political agenda and overstepping his bounds. A lot of things that have been said are not true. I ask you this question: "Could this be a conspiracy?" Conspiracy - the act of conspiring. To act or work together toward the same goal. A group planning to commit an unlawful or evil act. Could this be the reason some of the schools are opting out?
I have heard so many false rumors, things opposite of what the President said. I know that Tennessee is basically a conservative state, but it's sad when a state will not allow the President of the United States of America to bring unity to all of the states, countries, towns, and homes. How long can disunity, animosity, and hate run before it eats like a cancer? Ask yourself this question: Have I been accustomed to a certain way of life and it is hard to change the way I see certain things and people. I judge you not, but for your benefit look deep into your heart and ask yourself could this be a form of racism?
Two-party system doesn't serve citizens
To the Editor:
A friend in the Constitution Party e-mailed me the link to John Carney's story about Chris Brown potentially being excluded from a likely upcoming debate in the TN House 62nd District special election.
From June of 2004 until my resignation in April of 2008, I was the state spokesman for the Constitution Party. That month, after the CP spurned Ambassador Alan Keyes as its presidential candidate, several officials of the Constitution Party and the Republican Party broke away and founded America's Independent Party. By August of 2008, AIP had surpassed the CP to become the third-largest political party in the United States.
America's Independent Party supports political coalition-building, but without compromising our principles. Therefore, AIP supports candidate Chris Brown's right to equal treatment at any debates. We encourage civic organizations, broadcast stations, and/or your newspaper to host such debates in the public interest, and to include all candidates.
Let the voters decide!
The election laws of Tennessee are currently structured in such a way as to suppress both free choice and coalition building. For example, not only does the state exclude all but the "Big Two" parties on statewide ballots (except for presidential races, which are governed by Federal rules), but the Tennessee election law also prohibits cross-endorsements! Thus, if a candidate represented views that were satisfactory to more than one party, Tennessee would prohibit all but one of those parties from putting that candidate on the ballot. And, under the provisions of the nicknamed "Incumbent Protection Bill" that the Democrats sponsored, and Gov. Bredesen signed into law three years ago, it is now twice as difficult for smaller parties to gain a ballot line, because that law doubled the number of petition signatures required. That law was unfair to voters, and was likely un-Constitutional. But, smaller parties lack the funds to fight it ... and Bredesen knows it.
Mr. Brown's predicament is a microcosm of a much larger problem in Tennessee politics.
Voters should rise up against the "Big Two", and demand a better system. (And, for the record, no candidate in the referenced special election has so far sought AIP endorsement. So, we don't have a dog in that fight. This is simply a statement of a larger principle.)
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